WHAT: Poema del Cante Jondo (Poem of Deep Song), brand new flamenco production, directed and choreographed by Antonio Granjero
WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 8pm
WHERE: Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater, 501 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
TICKETS: $22.50-$27.50, reserved seating. purchase tickets online or by phone (502.584.7777, 502.562.0730 TTY).
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The Louisville-based, non-profit FlamencoTalk, once again, collaborates with internationally acclaimed flamenco artist Antonio Granjero, Felix de Lola, and Ricardo Anglada in creating an emotionally charged flamenco production. Poema del Cante Jondo (Poem of Deep Song) will premiere at the Kentucky Center for the Arts’ Bomhard Theater on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca, flamenco poet and tireless champion of the art form, this year’s production is a tribute to Lorca himself as well as people all over the world devoted to keeping this priceless world treasure from being lost to the ages.
In the face of globalization, the danger of losing art forms and other elements of living heritages is real. In 2003, United Nations’ culture and education agency UNESCO began a list of intangible world heritages to preserve and protect. The art of flamenco was recently added to the list on November 16, 2010. The worldwide recognition of flamenco as a precious cultural jewel adds a special significance to this year’s production and the efforts of all people dedicated to preservation of this “immense thousand-year-old treasure studding the spiritual surface of Andalusia”, as described by Lorca in his passionate plea at a festival in Granada, Spain in 1922.
Drawing on Lorca’s lyrics, passion and complexity of the ancient musical forms, and the mysterious and intuitive power of duende, maestro Granjero leads an impressive international cast of dancers and musicians in making Poema del Cante Jondo a world-class cultural phenomenon not to be missed. Bringing together artists and guests from all corners of the globe, including Russia, Spain, US, and Argentina, FlamencoTalk’s directors Mariya Tarakanova and Brent Del Bianco, dancers Juliana Bravo and Brenna O’Hara, as well as guest artists Granjero, Felix de Lola, and Anglada have created new choreography and music that will light up the Bomhard stage with a brilliance and authenticity rarely seen outside of Spain. To complete this immersive cultural experience, well-known local artist and Uruguay-native, Graciela Perrone , will exhibit her flamenco-themed paintings prior to the show.
This international cast is indeed a reflection of this year’s theme - people of many nationalities united in their dedication to flamenco and promotion of the Hispanic culture.
Sponsorship for this program is provided in part by Lunares Flamenco, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Perelmuter and Goldberg Orthodontics, and The Greater Louisville International Professionals (G.L.I.P.)
Tickets go on sale January 28, 2011 at 10am.
VIDEO (highlights from FlamencoTalk's production Estaciones):
Antonio Granjero, guest choreographer, co-director and dancer
Antonio Granjero had the honor of performing at some of the most prestigious flamenco events in the world, including the Bienal de Sevilla and Festival de Jerez, accompanying Cañizares' Company. As part of his recent European tour Antonio has debuted a new show "Vaya con Dios" at the Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla 2008. Granjero has performed in theatres throughout Israel, Italy, England, Switzerland, France, and Japan, has appeared in many popular television programs, and has been featured as a lead dancer in the performance for the Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Granjero has performed as a lead dancer in the International dance festivals of Bordeaux (France) and Todi (Italy), and had the opportunity to share the stage with such flamenco legends as Antonio Canales and Gerardo Nuñez. He was invited to represent Jerez during the International Exposition in Seville (EXPO 92), where he performed Alegrías with Domingo Ortega to critical acclaim by several national newspapers, including El Pais and ABC.
| [Antonio Granjero]...an exceptional dancer with incredible speed, precision, and strength like no other.
| A powerhouse, don't miss this performer you'll be missing the best of Flamenco.
| Granjero's blistering footwork is show-stopping. His feet move with such astounding speed that they virtually freeze in space, as we hear the lightning-fast thrum of his heels on the floor. -Gus Jr Solomons, Dance Magazine
Felix de Lola, singing
Flamenco singer from Sevilla, Spain, Felix de Lola began singing flamenco with the Campallo family and later went on to study with the renowned flamenco singers Jesus Heredia and Naranjito de Triana. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, Costa Rica, South Africa and the United States, performing with some of today’s illustrious artists including dancers Juan Polvillo, Angel Atienza, El Junco, Juan Ogalla, Belen Maya, Pastora Galvan, Antonio Granjero, Antonio Hidalgo, Carmela Greco, guitarist Jose Luis Postigo and the celebrated guitarist and composer Jose Luis Rodriguez, musical director of the famed Cristina Hoyos Flamenco Company. Aside from his superb singing talent, Felix is an accomplished composer of music and verses for flamenco song as well as theatrical works and musical adaptations for flamenco theater. In Costa Rica he is recognized as a leading exponent of flamenco. His recent projects include composing musical adaptations for “The Red Book of Black Haiku" by Costa Rican writer Cristy Van de Laat and the play "Moureliana" based on the poetic works of writer Jose Nestor Mourelo Aguilar.
Mariya Tarakanova, dance and artistic direction
Mariya’s passion for dance has been a life-long journey. A seasoned performer, she made her debut at the age of 6 performing ballet, modern and international dance on stages of her native St. Petersburg, Russia. Her dance career has undergone a major shift in 1996, when she discovered Flamenco, one of the world’s most complex and mysterious art forms. Mariya has performed alongside such maestros as Antonio Hidalgo, AntonioVargas, Ángel Muñoz, Arturo Martínez, Jesus Montoya, Chayito, andVicente Griego, among others. Some of her recent endeavors include repeat residencies as a guest artist and teacher for Centro Flamenco DePittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA, and a guest appearance at a performance with Brent Del Bianco and members of Memphis Symphony Orchestra in Memphis,TN. Mariya directs FlamencoTalk, regularly performs as a soloist throughout Kentucky and surrounding states, as well as teaches flamenco dance.
Ricardo Anglada, flamenco guitar
a native of Northern New Mexico, Ricardo began playing guitar at age 12. In 2003, he won first place in the Festival Flamenco Internacional Concurso. First studying with his father, Ricardo later trained with Jose Valle “Chuscales” as well as with artists such as Pedro Cortes, Santiago Aguilar, Anton Jimenez, and Pedro Sierra. He works with the flamenco program at the University of New Mexico and at the National Institute of Flamenco under the direction of Eva Encinias-Sandoval. Ricardo is currently the guitarist for the American Flamenco Repertory Company, “Yjastros,” under the direction of Joaquin Encinias. Ricardo has worked with many flamenco artists throughout his career and works closely with his cousin Vicente Griego, a flamenco singer. In 2007, Ricardo co-starred in the film Cante Jondo directed by Lewis Teague (Cujo, Navy Seals).
Brent Del Bianco, flamenco guitar
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Juliana Bravo, dance
Juliana Bravo, from Argentina, connected with flamenco in 2002 thanksto the inspiration of Mara Maldonado, who then directed the academy ofBallet Español. Since she was a child, Juliana was involved with dance.She danced Argentinean Folklore for 9 years in her native city ofCórdoba. All those years of experience with dance are clearly reflectedin the grace, unique style and Latina spirit that colors every aspectof her life, including flamenco. In Louisville Juliana studied atBallet Español and Flamenco Louisville. As part of her dedication tothe art form she has also trained with the following guest artists:Angela Ponzio, Antonio Granjero, Timo Lozano and Antonio Vargas. In hermost recent trip to Spain she took intensive classes with Chiqui deJerez and Juan Parra. Currently, Juliana Bravo is part of theprofessional flamenco company Camino Flamenco, whose members take pridein being able to bring the passion and art of flamenco to thecommunity. Flamenco, as it only exists in the streets of Spain.
Brenna O'Hara, dance
Brenna's love for the dance world emerged at the age of 4 when she began taking ballet in Northern California. After moving to Louisville in 1999, she discovered flamenco and began as an apprentice with Ballet Español. During her years with the company she studied and performed with Eduardo Arturo and Ángel Muñoz. Since then, she has had the oppurtunity to study with Timo Lozano on several occasions and currently resides in Lexington where she dances and teaches as a member of Sueño Flamenco. Brenna would like to thank Mara Maldanado, Ballet Espanol's founder, for being her first and biggest inspiration for pursuing the passionate and powerfully expressive style that is Flamenco.
Photos by Jami Guess and Dan Autore, graphic design by Mariya Tarakanova
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